John Laukaitis

John Laukaitis

Assistant Professor of Education

Expertise: Educational history; ethnic, cultural, and religious education; philosophy of Christian education; American Indian education

At North Park since: 2012

When Dr. John Laukaitis was seeking a place to integrate his faith into his classes, he found the School of Education a perfect fit. “Teaching at North Park provides a unique opportunity to be in the context of Chicago with a diverse student population and be supported in connecting my faith to my classes and my academic discipline,” he says.

At North Park, Dr. Laukaitis provides opportunities for students to explore how their faith can help them become more effective and caring teachers. “I hope to provide a richer and deeper experience for students whereby they can understand the importance of having guiding principles and a strong moral foundation for their professional lives,” he says.

As an expert in multicultural education, Dr. Laukaitis prepares teacher candidates to work with diverse learners. “Engaging teacher candidates to think about strategies and approaches that will best serve their students is crucial for them in being effective educators,” he says.

For ten years, Dr. Laukaitis was a high school English teacher and administrator for District 155 in Crystal Lake, Illinois. In addition to teaching a variety of courses at North Park, Dr. Laukaitis currently serves as the faculty sponsor of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education dedicated to supporting academic excellence and community service. These experiences along with his ongoing involvement with schools allow him to bridge theory and practice in his classes and his work with future educators.


  • PhD, Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago
  • MA, Humanities, Northwestern University
  • MS, Educational Administration, Northern Illinois University
  • BA, English, Southern Illinois University

Recent publications

  • John J. Laukaitis. Community Self-Determination: A History of American Indian Education in Chicago, 1952–2006. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015.
  • John J. Laukaitis. "Positioning the American Indian Self-Determination Movement in the Era of Civil Rights." In Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians, eds. Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O'Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Manning Stevens. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
  • John J. Laukaitis. "Kindergarten." In The Social History of the American Family, eds. Marilyn J. Coleman and Lawrence H. Ganong. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2014.
  • John J. Laukaitis. "National Congress of American Indians," "National Indian Youth Council," and "Wheeler-Howard Act (1934)." In Multicultural America, ed. Carlos E. Cortés. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2013.
  • John J. Laukaitis. “The Academy on the Firing Line: William F. Buckley, Jr.’s God and Man at Yale and the Modern Conservative Critique of Higher Education.” American Educational History Journal 40, no. 1 (2013): 129-140.
“I hope to provide a richer experience whereby students can understand the importance of having a strong moral foundation for their professional lives.”